Here are some facts about female achievers who improved and advocated for our libraries. The 135th Street branch of New York Public Library was where librarian Sadie Peterson Delaney pioneered the technique of bibliotherapy, the therapeutic use of reading materials, to help immigrants and troubled children in the 1920s. Also, in 1857 Jane Wadden Turner was hired as a library clerk by the Smithsonian. She was the first woman to secure a paid position at the institution.
During the entire month of March, the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship will recognize and celebrate women’s achievements with National Women’s History Month. This year the committee is putting the spotlight on librarians who participated in the Women’s March—a grassroots effort to send the message that women’s rights are human rights. It was a worldwide protest held on January 21–22. Visit the highlights page to look photos and stories.
Julie A. Leuzinger, head of library learning services at the University of North Texas, has been awarded the 2017 ACRL Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section’s Marta Lange/Sage–CQ Press Award. The award honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
Yale University on March 1 announced the 2017 recipients of its Windham-Campbell Prizes. The eight recipients, honored for their literary achievement or promise, will receive a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. The winners are; in fiction, André Alexis and Erna Brodber; in nonfiction, Maya Jasanoff and Ashleigh Young; in poetry, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Carolyn Forché; and in drama, Marina Carr and Ike Holter.
Deborah L. Schaeffer, instruction and reference librarian and liaison librarian to the School of Social Work (retired) at California State University, Los Angeles, is the recipient of the 2017 ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. A plaque will be presented to Schaeffer during an EBSS event at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
“The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home” LibGuide was selected as the 2017 winner of the RUSA ReferenceUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services for its well-organized and accessible presentation of information about the Holocaust. Spearheaded by Leslie Ward and Christine (Mi Seon) Kim of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, Queensborough (N.Y.) Community College, the LibGuide was developed to accompany an exhibition.
Andrew E. Kramer writes: “In other parts of the world, viewers might suspect the evening news is just a bunch of lies, but watching the weekly broadcast in Ukraine of StopFake News, they can be certain of it. The group is highly respected in journalistic circles in Kiev for its specialty of debunking fake news. Kiev, with its running battle with Moscow, was plagued by fake news long before concern spiked in Western Europe and the US.” And its website features an IFLA infographic that explains how to spot fake news.
At the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, ALA Council passed a resolution on gun violence affecting libraries, library workers, and library patrons. The resolution originally came to Council via a Membership Meeting vote at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Council subsequently directed the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee to establish a working group to continue the work. The resolution that was passed in Atlanta is a substitute for that 2016 resolution.
ALCTS has named Jeanne Drewes, chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division and the Deacidification Program at the Library of Congress, as the 2017 recipient of its Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. As one of her nominators stated, “Jeanne Drewes is, in my estimation, the most important figure in raising the profile of preservation in the last two decades. Her work at LC, ALA, and across the profession has made the field, and preservation professionals, continue to be relevant in today’s dynamic library environment.”
YALSA will host a Twitter takeover during Teen Tech Week, March 5–11, with the theme of “Be the Source of Change.” YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa, will be turned over to different partners who will share out information, news, and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens. The takeover will allow partners to inform and engage YALSA’s Twitter followers about relevant issues from their perspectives.
ALSC has awarded its 2017 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Nevada County (Calif.) Library system. The grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. The library will use the grant funds to reinvent summer reading by creating an educational and engaging program that revolves around STEAM.
LLAMA is now accepting submissions for the 2017 John Cotton Dana Awards, which honor outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H. W. Wilson Foundation at an annual ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services. Entries are submitted electronically and must be received by March 17; they may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency, or service provider.